The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed a framework to improve emissions standards in off-highway vehicles including farm machinery. Development of a new four-wheel drive designed to meet the strict interim Tier 4 (iT4) emissions standards began more than five years ago.
It started with the engine; Cummins, the exclusive engine supplier to Versatile, outlined the path to achieving iT4 emission standards. Work began on a new cab and operator environment, focusing on visibility and operator comfort and convenience. Caterpillar would provide a full range of powershift transmissions. New styling would improve visibility and become a design model for future Versatile tractors. And it had to maintain the reputation that Versatile four-wheel drives have carried since 1966.
The result is a new Versatile four-wheel drive designed to enhance the profitability of large scale farming operations and compete with the best in the world, while upholding the Versatile cornerstones of reliability, durability and ease of service and maintenance.